About us

We are a coalition of groups and concerned individuals from Hertfordshire who want our County Council to lead the way in tackling climate change at a the local level. We’re supported by Transition groups, Friends of the Earth and Green Party groups across Hertfordshire.

Download the Divestment Briefing  Or see Briefing page here.

Herts Pension Fund 2017

We are asking Hertfordshire County Council  to divest from fossil fuel investments!   Please sign our petition click here to see

The petition – What are we asking Hertfordshire County Council to do?

  1. Immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels

  2. Divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years

    greenheartshowthelove Pension Fund Investment in Fossil Fuels

2017: Hertfordshire County Council Pension Fund has £140,475,249 invested in Fossil Fuel industries, including  Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Rio Tinto PLC, and EOG Resources. For more information see https://gofossilfree.org/uk/fuellingthefire/


Fossil fuel industries make up 3.71% of the pension fund.

Herts County Council has carbon emission reduction targets while continuing to invest in fossil fuel companies, which increase emissions across the UK and globally.

We need national and local investment in renewable energy companies and infrastructure and we need major institutions including local government to divest from fossil fuels

Fossil-Free-x-white-backgroundThis is a moral argument. Pensions are for our and ourfamilies’ future. But that future is threatened by fossilfuel extraction.
It is also a financial argument. When governments finally take climate change seriously andlegislate to leave fossil fuels in the ground, shares in oil,gas and coal will become worthless. Funds which don’tinvest in fossil fuels often perform as well or better thanfossil-fuel heavy funds, so divestment does not meanthat existing pension funds lose out.

And it is a public benefit argument. £14 billion could build over 200,000homes or generate more electricity than Scotlanduses. By investing this capital into renewable energy,public transport and social housing, local government could create jobs and boost local economies, while protecting pensions.

Are you affected by Herts Pension Fund?
  • The pension fund affects over 180 employers in Hertfordshire including:
  • Hertfordshire County Council (including schools),
  • North Herts District Council,
  • Dacorum Borough Council,
  • East Hertfordshire District Council,
  • Hertsmere Borough Council
  • Broxbourne Borough Council,
  • St Albans District Council,
  • Stevenage Borough Council,
  • Three Rivers District Council,
  • Watford Borough Council
  • and a range of community and voluntary groups…

Read more here…

Who is involved in Divest Herts group?

Green HeartDivest Herts is supported by groups from Transition, Global Justice Now, Friends of the Earth, Green Party groups, and other climate action groups in Watford, St Albans, Rickmansworth and Bishops Stortford. If you belong to a group in Hertfordshire that wants to join our campaign please get in touch click here for email.

See Fossil Free UK click here for links to nationwide campaign

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  1. You may already be aware of the Conservative Party press release on a consultation document which says that councils “should not pursue policies which run contrary to UK foreign policy.” The legislation could clearly have implications, for example, by blocking ethical investment decisions related to climate change. The government is consulting on these changes now. I’ve picked up a link to a petition: https://www.caat.org.uk/campaigns/arms-trade-out/local-authorities which others may wish to sign

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